Ashtanga-Sun Salute/Counting

Ashtanga Yoga: Sun Salutations and Counting

Following the invocation, students stand in “Samasthiti” or “equal-standing posture”.  Sun Salutations provide the opening foundation for the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice.  (Click here for more info on Sun Salutations).  The sun salutations (5xA and 5xB) begin the actual practice:

# Sanskrit Surya Namaskara A Surya Namaskara B
1 ekam (AAY-Kaam) tadasana – arms up Utkatasana
2 dve (Dh-way) Uttanasana Uttanasana
3 trini (trenee) look up- ardha uttanasana look up    – ardha uttanasana
4 catvari (Chaht-wharey) chaturanga dandasana chaturanga dandasana
5 panca (pancha) up dog – urdhva mukha svanasana up dog – urdhva mukha svanasana
6 sat (shaht) down dog – adho mukha svanasana down dog – adho mukha svanasana
7 sapta (suhpta) float to ardha uttanasana Virabhadrasana A – Right leg forward
8 astau (Ah-shtaow) uttanasana chaturanga dandasana
9 nava (nauwah) tadasana – arms up urdhva mukha svanasana
10 dasa (dheshau) SAMASHTHITI adho mukha svanasana
11 ekadasa (AAykahdushau) Virabhadrasana A – Left
12 dvadasa (duAhdheshau) chaturanga dandasana
13 trayodasa (TryYOdheshau) urdhva mukha svanasana
14 caturdasa (Chattourdheshau) adho mukha svanasana
15 pancadasa (panSHOdheshau) float to ardha uttanasana
16 sodasa (shOdheshau) Uttanasana
17 saptadasa (SuptOdheshau) Utkatasana
18 astdasa (AhShtodheshau) or Samasthitihi SAMASHTHITI

FOR MORE INFO click a link below:
Ashtanga Invocation
Ashtanga Standing Postures
Ashtanga Primary Series
Ashtanga Finishing Poses